Nov 7, 2019 11:55AM Utahmom wrote:
That's a lot of screening. I am already struggling with the every 6 months let's do another mammo. My 1st cousin did multiple screenings for years and numerous biopsies that read, benign hyperplasia, or something different but benign. She had at least 3 or 4 and then finally boom...Invasive Ductal Carcinoma Stage 2. She is doing well.
My other 1st cousin had invasive ductal carcinoma. Lump just showed up. Mammo fine before lump. She went in and there it was. Stage 1 and in some lymph nodes. She lost half her breast and did all the treatment. She is a 10 year warrior! She did say that she was concerned about me because she thinks there is a progression happening in my breasts. First, the microcalcifications that keep coming, then, the right breast hyerplasia, the the left breast with atypical hyperplasia associated with calcifications. She knows that I don't want to do the chemo pills.
But at what point and this is different for everyone to say, "I really don't want to do this anymore?".
As you all know, I am not going to do the chemo pills. My father-in-law just retired about 4 or 5 years ago. He was a surgeon. He said, " you save the big guns for the big battle." He did not think it was a good idea.
Really trying to weigh it all out.
thank you each for sharing your journeys and being honest.